IUCN threat status:

Critically Endangered (CR)


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Range Description

This species was previously known from just one immature specimen collected in 1855 on Gau Island, Fiji, but between 1984-2007 there were a total of 17 reports of grounded birds on Gau (Priddel et al. 2008, Shirihai et al. 2009). Most records relate to immature birds that have landed on the roofs of houses in Nawaikama, Levukaigua or Nukuloa villages, a number of which have died, and four specimens have been obtained from these fatalities (Watling 2000, Priddel et al. in prep., Shirihai et al. 2009). One further confirmed sighting concerns a bird that landed in Levuka village in April 2007 (Priddel et al. in prep.). At sea, the only unequivocal sightings of the Fiji Petrel have been off Gau in May and October 2009 (a maximum of three birds together) (Shirihai et al. 2009, Kretzchmar et al. 2009). It may occur on other islands in the vicinity, e.g. Taveuni (D. Watling verbally 2000). The population size remains unknown but it is speculated that it may be as low as <50 pairs (Shirihai et al. 2009).


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